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Co-curricular Program

The Co-curricular program is a fundamental part of each student's education, growth and well-being. It contributes to school spirit, develops healthy, active students and is driven by purposeful engagement. The program exposes students to a myriad of activities they might not otherwise be willing to try.

The program offerings align with the Global Leadership Program competencies to ensure that all students can achieve their diploma by the time of graduation.

To support the students in the GLP our diverse programming encourages students to participate in a variety of activities whose common ground is passionate engagement: competitive athletics, recreational sports, leadership clubs, community outreach opportunities and artistic, musical and special interests.

The co-curricular program inspires students to strive for excellence, develop imaginative insights and innovative ideas, and to act on their beliefs.

Competitive Athletics

Competitive Athletics

Building a sense of teamwork and school spirit is an important learning opportunity that can be enhanced through appropriate competition. Therefore, the school is committed to building competitive athletic programs where students are provided with increasing levels of competition as they move through the Junior School to the Middle School to the Senior School in a way that supports their skills development, cooperation, and fair play. Therefore, many of our competitive athletic teams welcome players of all abilities from beginners to those who have played before. Through coaching, guidance and instruction we hope to encourage students to continue with the sport throughout their time at Pickering College in a fun, supportive and safe environment.

Pickering College offers an extensive range of athletic facilities across its 42-acre campus, including: baseball diamonds, two gymnasiums, an indoor ice arena, a surfaced running track, four playing fields and a fitness centre. We also partner with Newmarket for swimming pool facilities.

Expert Training and Competitive Opportunities

Our successful athletics program features a wide range of competitive sports, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, hockey, cross country, ultimate frisbee, mountain biking, swimming, skiing and snowboarding.

Our Pickering College coaches are National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) qualified and take advantage of the professional development that is offered every year. We believe strongly in our teachers coaching because of the relationships that are created, the personalization and the school spirit that it brings.

We also hire expert coaches in a few of our co-curricular programs such as figure skating, equestrian and hockey.

Focused Excellence

Our athletics program is designed to balance academic studies with healthy physical activity. The results of participation in our programs are apparent in students’ increased confidence, improved health and energy levels. We encourage our athletes to compete through the joy of effort. Throughout the year, all competitive athletes are honoured at special events and given recognition with special awards. This happens at the end of each season. Once a year, in May, we recognize outstanding athletes with a Colour Award, Athlete of the Year, and the Blackstock Award.

Recreational Co-curriculars

Recreational Co-curriculars:

Our non-competitive activities focus on exposing students to new ideas, activities and interests. Developing self-awareness, self-confidence and making new friends is possible by students participate in a myriad of activities that include debate, theatre, arts and recreational sports. With the guidance of our Global Leadership Program, our club leaders help enhance the students' learning by using a variety of resources and ideas often fostered by the students themselves.

These activities take part in three different terms: Fall, Winter and Spring. Students have the opportunity to switch their co-curricular at the beginning of each term.

Options can include: Theatre Club, Rock Climbing, Equestrian, Badminton and Table Tennis, Debate, Pacing Pumas Run Club, Fitness, Figure Skating, Skiing/Snowboarding, Field to Fork, Canoe/Kayak, Fine Arts and Crafts, Yoga and Wellness, Yearbook, Learn to Curl, Learn to Play Tennis and Design and Build.



Throughout the year there are many opportunities for students to become involved in community service options. Many of our Grade 9-12 students choose this option to help complete their required service hours. Students are encouraged to actively engaged with the community around them and advocate for important causes.

Volunteer options can include: After Care with Pickering College students, being a Reading Buddy with the Newmarket Public Library, Arts and Crafts with the elderly at various Seniors Residences, scorekeeping games, and volunteering at the Shop.

Leadership Clubs

Leadership Clubs

There are a number of clubs for students to be involved in at Pickering College outside of the co-curricular block. These clubs allow students to explore their interests and hobbies while developing valuable leadership skills in a range of different contexts. The clubs are often led by their student leaders with the support of a faculty advisor.

Leadership Clubs include: Student Committee (Grades 6-12), Co-curricular Council (Grades 7-12), Youth Action Organization (YAO), Youth Engagement Organization (YEO), Green Team (Grades 9-12) and Arts Club (Grades 9-12).

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